CAMERON ADAMS talks to Brandon
Flowers of the Killers about hanging with Elton John, Noel Gallagher
and U2, but not Morrissey
You're winding up the
Hot Fuss project. Are there
any complaints about how it's gone?
No complaints at all. I feel as if we've had a whole career happen
in one record. It kind of scares me. We've had an Anton Corbijn
video, a Grammy nomination, we've sold six million records... It's
always been a dream of ours to have an Anton video and it came true.
Just that is enough. The single (All
These Things That I've Done) could flop for all I care, but
we'll always have that video.
Why did you get to play only one
song at Live8?
We were only alloted one song (All
These Things That I've Done). I think we made a bigger impact
with that one song than other people made with three. It's a special
song. We got to be on the same stage as Paul McCartney, REM, U2,
You're in a good job for meeting
your heroes. Who's left?
Only a few. I got to sing with New Order in Ireland. They don't get
a lot of credit, but they've written such good songs for such a long
time. Everybody makes a big fuss about
Love Will Tear Us Apart,
they've kind of surpassed that in my eyes. To do a song like
Crystal after 20 years...
Did you get to use Bernard from New
I had to use it. I messed up a chorus. I was really nervous. We
played to a crowd three times the size of theirs that day. It didn't
faze me. Put me up with New Order and it's like the first time I'd
ever been on stage. They could tell I was nervous. Bernard said
'Don't worry, Brandon, I've got the lyrics on screen up front -
it'll be easy.'
They're obviously an influence?
They're fans of ours. I said, "That's because we rip you off".
They're music-lovers. Peter Hook plays some of our B-sides when he
Liam Gallagher of Oasis has slagged
off the Killers this year.
Liam's a dick. Everyone knows that. Noel's cool. He loves us. I do
love Liam for that reason, the way he goes off about people. I've
always been a fan of Noel's voice, of Noel in general Everyone talks
about how Liam could sing the phone book and it'd be great, and he
does have a distinctive voice, but there's something endearing about
Noel's voice. Liam has a cool voice, but Noel can touch you. It's
You're a huge fan of Morrissey. The
Killers supported him this year. Did you get to meet him?
He watched us soundcheck, that's it. His band were really nice.
Morrissey lived up to his reputation. I'd already met him a few
years before when I was a busboy bussing his table.
Was he all right then?
No. So he'd already done me wrong. It's tough, he has really freaky
fans. I'd probably be the same as him. Unless you're in his shoes
you don't know just how crazy his fans are.
You've made some impressive videos
for this album. Are you going to release them?
We're going to wait. When Morrissey came out with a compilation of
all his videos, he waited 'til he'd earned it. I understand you
should take advantage and make a DVD and sell 200,000 copies and put
money in our pocket, but you can't top the excitement I had buying
that first DVD of Morrissey after 20 years. I'd like to make our
fans have that excitement.
Four years ago you scalped tickets
to see U2 in Vegas, now you've supported them.
Amazing. I was in the heart (front section) at the
Elevation tour. Going from
there, scalping a ticket to see that to being up on the stage before
them... amazing. I consider them the four wise men. You want to
listen to everything they say. I learned so much from watching them
every night. They've got the shoe down. A lot of people haven't.
When you're on the level they're on it's so important. They take it
to another level and people appreciate it. I appreciate it. You
learn how to be a showman, why their songs work in such big venues.
Tell me about other "pinch me"
moments you've had.
Noel (Gallagher) was telling me how he'd learned
All These Things That I've Done.
It wasn't even three years ago I was sitting on my bed learning
Oasis songs. To think it's come full circle: I could quit now and
I'd have things like that to make me fulfilled.
You're an ambitious band. You've
always wanted to play in stadiums?
Maybe cool bands never got big enough to play in stadiums. Bands
like Matchbox 20 and Creed did. If the Beatles were around they'd
play in stadiums. If you just want to play at small shows, what are
you going to do? Stay in the one town for 15 nights? I still love
playing in dirty, sweaty small places, but I'd love to have 15 hits
and go and play in a stadium.
Does the fuss over your being a
Mormon surprise you?
I knew that'd happen. Bob Dylan said "You can't be Jewish and be
cool, and you can't be Mormon and be cool". So I've always had that
there. I don't preach about the church or anything.
You got married this year. There was
talk you were going to invite Elton John to the wedding.
We ended up getting married on the beach. Elton would have come had
it been in Vegas. We ended up just doing a simple thing. He's a
great guy, the world owes him a lot. You'll be around Elton and
he'll run in and say, 'You have to hear this' and he plays some new
band you've never heard of. He loves Scissor Sisters, Rufus
Wainwright, Kings of Leon.
Would you record with Elton?
I'd love to. Right now we have to establish ourselves as the
Killers. After that, I'm game. We're excited about making a new
album, about playing the new songs, putting on a new show. We're
going to up the ante. The world wants it. They want a big show, a
big tour, something exciting. We're going to try to be that band.